Men’s hockey team loses 5-3 to Redmen in round one of semifinals
Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff
DESPITE HAVING A two-game winning playoff berth last weekend, the Gees couldn’t keep up against the top-ranked McGill University Redmen (22-4-2 regular season, 3-0 playoffs). Game one of the Ontario University Athletic] East semifinals saw the University of Ottawa men’s hockey team (14-13-1 regular season, 2-1 playoffs) lose 5-3 to their division rivals.
“We played well,” said head coach Réal Paiement of the team’s performance. “Our forecheck gave us scoring chances, but [we] made one more mistake than McGill.”
The Gees were up by two in the first period with scores taken by Matthieu Methot and Maxime Chamberland. McGill returned with vengeance in the second, putting two goals on the board while Ottawa was only able to bury one.
“We were in full control of the situation, but like in life, things change quickly. As I said, we made mistakes at the wrong time, which gave them momentum,” said Paiement.
That momentum allowed McGill to shoot three past the Gees’ goaltender in the third period, resulting in a 5-3 loss for the Garnet and Grey.
The Gees will face McGill again at home on Feb. 24 in attempt to even out the series.